Henry handed new mentor role
February 9, 2012
Graham Henry will be nurturing the next generation of New Zealand coaches © Getty Images
Former All Blacks boss Sir Graham Henry has signed a part-time contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union that will see him nurture the country's leading coaching talent.
The 2011 Rugby World Cup-winning coach, who stepped down as the All Blacks coach following their memorable triumph last year, has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the aim of helping to develop the NZRU's high performance coaches at Super Rugby and ITM Cup level.
"Even going back to my time as a teacher and headmaster, I have been keen to help people grow and develop their skills and to now move into a position of mentoring our leading coaches is something I'm really looking forward to," said Henry following the announcement. "New Zealand has an outstanding crop of up and coming international coaches and if I can play a small part in helping them develop then I will."
NZRU CEO Steve Tew was also delighted to retain the services of arguably his country's most successful coach. "We are delighted to have Sir Graham involved in helping to develop our top coaches and to help them grow to the next level. He obviously brings a huge wealth of experience - and unparalleled success - after eight years as coach of the All Blacks and his insights will be invaluable for our high performance coaches."
Henry finished his All Blacks career as one of the most successful rugby coaches of all time: he coached the All Blacks to 88 wins in 103 Tests for a winning percentage of 85.4 percent. As well as winning the World Cup, the All Blacks have held the Bledisloe Cup every year since 2003, won the Investec Tri Nations five times and achieved three Grand Slams against the northern hemisphere Home Unions.
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